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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPIts time to reduce family planning fines(China Daily) Updated:2016-01-26 07:54Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA woman plays with a girl on a street outside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov 8, 2013.[Photo by Zou Hong/Asianewsphoto]EAST CHINAS Shandong province is soliciting public opinions on a draft amendment to the family planning regulation, which will reduce the fines for those who give birth to more children than allowed. Zhu Hengshun, a National Peoples Congress staff, called for other provinces to follow suit, the Beijing News comments on Monday:
The fines on those giving birth to more children than legally allowed are imposed because the extra children consume resources so those with more children should pay the State for the additional consumption.
That principle originated in the years when China had to slow its population growth to save resources. Today new births are no longer considered a burden.
Thus it is time for the authorities to change tack. Some scholars have even proposed cancelling the fines because they are no longer necessary.
If the fines cannot be cancelled at the moment, at least make them lower so as to avoid discouraging people from giving birth. Current practice allows each provincial area to levy its own fines, which are always high. In Shandong province, for example, a couple has to pay three to six times the average annual income of their city.
Shandong is making progress by lowering the standard to three times, which is worth encouraging. We call for other areas to follow suit, too.8.03KRelated StoriesVice-premier addresses national teleconference on family planningHealth and family planning cultural promotion platform launched in BeijingBid to change family planning law stirs debateFamily planning boost on wayMost Viewed Todays Top NewsROK should say no to missile defense systemReducing waste can boost food securityHollywoods soft power hard to copyOptimism over Chinas economy won out at DavosTough love can nurture development of green carsForum TrendsTop 10 domestic news cartoonsTop 10 world news cartoonsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?ColumnistsThe politics of non interference – A New World OrderTalking to beautiful strangers on WeChat is the road to ruinFeatured ContributorsOne cool cats exhibit now on at 798s UCCAIrresponsible talk of neighbors will not ease tensionsStar BloggersForeigners in China are often “illiterate” By ChevalerieApart from a few exceptions of specialists of china – native-born resident and talented students – most of the foreigners living in china are illiterate, myself included.Over the top By teamkrejadosStrangely enough, the Chinese don t seem to be acquainted with the Less is More philosophy. In itself that is a paradox, considering the relative simplicity of the typical home over here.My letter to Premier Li Keqiang By jaseminsiboA leaders role is to provide a nurturing and governed environment to always ensure her citizens are safe. At the same time give them enough freedom to explore and develop their own identity.Special2015 China impressionPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eyeSino-US love stories…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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